This History is the sole-surviving written account of a culture now extinct. It is a major source for the history of the indigenous Aghuan people of Caucasia from earliest times to about A.D. 988. Aghuania (also Arran, Aghbania, Caucasian Albania) comprised parts of modern Dagestan and Azerbaijan, Armenia's eastern neighbor. Its ancient peoples and their numerous languages were noted occasionally by classical Greek and Latin authors. Like the neighboring Armenians, the Aghuans were part of the Iranian-Zoroastrian culture-world for at least a millenium.
The History of the Aghuans contains a wide range of invaluable and unique historical and ethnographical information: from an astounding description of a pagan cult's ritual, to the Christian cult of relics, from the Aghuan king at table, to a description of the royal court on the move, from descriptions of Sasanian presents, dress, and court protocols to a priceless interview with a Khazar Qaqan. Indeed, the History is a primary, but under-utilized, source for the history of the Turkic Khazar kingdom (7-10th centuries). Additionally it provides otherwise unknown information on Caucasian tribes and peoples, resident and nomadic, and supplements and enhances our information on Aghuania's neighbors. Complete translation (Books One, Two, and Three of three). Includes several beautiful maps by cartographers S.T. Eremyan and Robert H. Hewsen. Translated from Classical Armenian by Robert Bedrosian. Zipped HTML files or pdf available.